This day marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centers. A day most of us remember vividly. A day many of us still don't understand.
The following are responses from the LZX team to the question "Where were you on 9-11-2001?"
I was working alone as an office assistant during my freshman year of college with the radio on. Suddenly the music was interrupted by a news report that the first tower had been hit. I was still trying to wrap my head around that and was wishing there was someone else there to talk to when they reported that the second tower had been hit. Classes were suspended for the rest of the day as everyone watched the news in horror. I had recently been to NY and seen the towers which made it even more unbelievable to me.
- Heidi Douglas, Customer Care
I was operating a manufacturing plant in Iowa that made horse trailers, and the plant manger called me to say he was allowing work to stop and turn on the radios.
- Joyce Mattson, Chief Operating Officer
I was sitting at my desk at Mustang Manufacturing in Owatonna, MN. There was a guy who worked there who was an EMT for the Ellendale rescue department. As such, he always had a scanner going. He was the first one to hear the news. Within a few minutes the news was all over the plant. At first we thought it was a small commuter plane that hit the building but soon learned that it was a commercial jet.
Quickly we gathered up the televisions that were normally used for training and set them up in the conference room. Using only an internal antenna and whatever else we could cobble together for better reception, we watched the rest of that tragic day unfold.
-Steve Malueg, Director of Operations and Finance
I was in Mrs. Skarbakka's 8th grade lifeskills class when they turned on the TV and made an announcement over the loud speaker. None of us knew what the towers even were until then. We all looked at each other in disbelief as we watched them replay it over and over again.
-Toni Meyer, Marketing Manager
I was at Brooktree Golf Course in the clubhouse waiting for some friends to go golf. I saw on the TV the smoke bellowing from one of the Towers and my first thought was “the poor air traffic controller who accidently put two planes on the same course and one must have hit the Tower”. Little did I know what really happened. That moment of that day changed my life. Let the ones you love know how you feel and never forget the ones who lost their lives that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. God Bless America.
-Becky Vick, Marketing Data Base Manager
My kids were at school. I was at home and talking on the phone to my husband who was at work. The TV was on in the background and I saw/heard the special report and shared it with him as it was being televised.
-Londa Arnfelt, National Sales Director
My husband called and told me to turn on the TV and I said “What Channel?” He said “Doesn’t matter.” Confused, I turned on the TV and said “What is it?’ He said “A plane just flew into the world trade towers in NY.” Then as I was watching, the second tower was hit. It was unreal. You are wondering what is going on! Of course I watched it all day. One of the saddest stories I heard was that a daycare center near the towers had 90 children not picked up…their parents never came. They worked in the towers.
-Shelly Spatenka, Accounting Manager
I was in a little office when Learning ZoneXpress was uptown before we had our fire. Really didn’t know what was really happening until I got home. Unbelievable!!!
- Nancy Fitzlaff, Shipping Manager
Where were you on 9-11-2001? Answer with a comment in the space below.